British Gypsum has launched Thistle Bonding 60, an innovative new undercoat plaster that decreases setting time by as much as two thirds. This allows patching and repair jobs to be completed in half the time compared to standard undercoat plaster.

The revolutionary product has all the attributes of original Thistle Bonding Coat plaster, but with a much shorter setting time of just 60 minutes, meaning it’s ready to finish in 75 minutes. Effectively, this means installers can double their productivity on repair work, potentially even having the time to complete two jobs a day instead of one. The new product is ideal for patching deep holes or chases, and is available in a 10kg tub or 12.5kg and 25kg bags.

Gareth Dunn, Innovation Project Manager at British Gypsum, explains: “After spending time working on site with a range of installers, it’s clear that a lot of time is being spent waiting for undercoats to set. On smaller jobs in particular, this makes up a substantial amount of the overall time spent working on that project.”

Plasterer Ken Smith got the chance to try out the new plaster during the trial of Thistle Bonding 60. Ken said: “I used the product to repair a small patch on a wall and thought it was very good. The quicker setting time meant I was able to bond, patch and skim it all in one visit. Using the 12.5kg bag meant I didn’t have to open a big bag of plaster and waste product too. Definitely five stars from me!”

Thistle Bonding 60 joins British Gypsum’s existing Thistle One Coat and Gyproc Easi-Fill products to create a new trade patching range. Together the range offers plasterers and builders, as well as electricians, plumbers and decorators, a tailored collection of products that are perfect to use to repair holes, fill in pipe or cable chases or finish walls.

Thistle One Coat allows users to make a deep fill with a single application and create a good standard of finish even when wet, without the worry of cracking or shrinkage.

Rounding off the patching range is British Gypsum’s Gyproc Easi-Fill. With a working time of one hour, or 20 minutes when using Gyproc Easi-Fill 20, the plaster can be trowelled smooth when wet, or sanded smooth when dry. It provides the perfect base for decorating quickly and doesn’t need any expert plastering skills to apply.

All products are available from your local trade supplier. To find out more information about Thistle Bonding 60, visit: